Aurora Iceland

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From $2,075 USD
October 17, 2017 - April 15, 2018
6 Days / 0 Nights

Aurora Iceland tour features Northern Lights, swim in the Blue Lagoon and Secret Lagoon, visit waterfalls, craters, lava fields, hot springs and glaciers.

Overview

Aurora Iceland tour takes you to Iceland's most extraordinary destinations and natural landmarks. Go in search of the magical Northern Lights, bath in geothermal waters and the Secret Lagoon. Visit gushing waterfalls, eerie lava fields, spouting geysers and glittering glaciers, enjoy whale watching and craters. Explore Thingvellir National Park, the wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons and deep crevasses on the Solheimajokull glacier walk.

Operation

October 17, 2017 - April 15, 2018

Departure

Sunday to Friday November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2017 December 3, 10, 17, 30, 2017 January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018 February 11, 25, 2018 March 18, 2018 April 1, 8, 2018 Tuesday to Sunday October 17 November 7, 28, 2017 December 5, 12, 19, 2017 January 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018 February 13, 20, 27, 2018 March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018 April 3, 10, 2018

Price

  • from $2,075 per person in double room
  • from $2,460 single room
  • from $2,075 per person in triple room

Included

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 4-day bus tour
  • English speaking guide
  • 5-nights accommodation in 3 star hotels
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • 3x light lunch (day 2, 3 and 4)
  • 3x 3-course dinner (day 2, 3 and 5)
  • 2x midnight refreshments
  • Entrance fee to Arbaer open-air museum
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
  • Entrance Secret Lagoon and local public swimming pool
  • Whale watching cruise from Reykjavik (if cancelled alternative program will be offered)
  • Admission to Kerid volcano crater
  • Visit to geothermal greenhouse and horse farm
  • Chocolate factory tour
  • Northern Lights program during 3 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights
  • Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment:
  • simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Group size: Maximum group size 30 persons
  • Tour start: Arrival in Iceland on Sundays and Tuesdays. Guided bus tour starts on Mondays and Wednesdays at 09:00
  • Tour end: The guided tour ends on Saturdays and Mondays around midnight in Reykjavík. Departure from Iceland is on Sundays and Tuesdays
  • Also available with airfare from NY, from $2,780 per person in double room
  • * Please inquire about our favorable airfares on Icelandair!

Tour Options

  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Additional optional excursions

Day 1 WELCOME to ICELAND - REYKJAVIK

Sunday or Tuesday
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. (50 km/31 mi)

Fosshotel Raudara

Day 2 REYKJAVIK - WHALE WATCHING (B, L, D)

Monday or Wednesday
At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. We visit the Arbaer open-air museum where more than 20 buildings including an original turf-roof farmhouse and church give a sense of the architecture and way of life and lifestyles of the past in Reykjavik. Travel to the presidential site of Bessastadir and have warm soup in a Viking themed restaurant. In the afternoon we go whale watching, an unmissable Icelandic experience where we might see minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. Occasionally we spot other species including humpback whales, orcas and fin whales.

We travel to South Iceland surrounded by lava fields and volcanic mountains and experience Iceland's pure thermal energy and take a dip in a public thermal pool. The next two nights are spent at Hotel Borealis, located in the countryside of South Iceland, away from light pollution, and set in a peaceful surrounding ideal for searching for the Northern Lights. After an Icelandic lamb dinner the hotel manager gives a short Northern Lights photography lecture and then shows you the best spot around the hotel where you might see the mystical Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis. (100 km/62 mi)

Hotel Borealis

Day 3 SOUTH ICELAND WITH OPTIONAL GLACIER HIKE (B, L, D)

Tuesday or Thursday
Today we head along the south coast and reach the area near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. We stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges from the mountain. Next we visit one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country; the 60 meter high Skogafoss waterfall. After a simple lunch, we offer an optional glacier walk. The Solheimajokull glacier tongue extends from the great Myrdalsjokull glacier, down to the sandy plains of the Icelandic south coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations thoroughly shaped by the glacier. On this fun, safe and easy to moderate glacier walk you get to explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses on the breath-taking Solheimajokull glacier.

While enjoying all the features of the glacier and its spectacular surroundings, you will learn more about the behavior of glaciers and their impact on nature. No technical requirements are needed for the tour as an experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment, such as crampons and an ice axe which are provided for glacier walk tours. The unique experience of a glacier walk on one of the many retreating glaciers of the world is sure to leave lasting memories. Duration of this activity is about 3 hours in total, about 90 minutes on the ice and about 30-40 min walk (one-way) from the parking lot to the glacier edge itself. Minimum age for the glacier hike is 10 years. You need to bring warm clothing, rain gear and hiking boots. The glacier hike can only be booked with the guide on day 2. The price is ISK 15.000 (about EUR 120 per person). Payment is due in with the glacier hike company on day 3 Icelandic Krona - cash only!

If you booked the trip without the glacier hike, then the tour continues further south where you can stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík. In the evening there is presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, you might see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns and sizes. The grounds of Hotel Borealis are very large and dark and offer you a good location for Northern Lights search if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of "maybe there could be Northern Lights". (300 km/186 mi)

Hotel Borealis

Day 4 SECRET LAGOON - HORSES - GOLDEN CIRCLE (B, L)

Wednesday or Friday
In the morning we visit the explosion crater called Kerid which is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheater. Our next stop is at the Secret Lagoon, a natural hot spring pool located on the Golden Circle Tour where you get the true Icelandic bathing experience. A tomato soup is served at Fridheimar, a geothermal greenhouse where we can take a selfie with Icelandic horses.

We continue on to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita River and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. At the Geysir geothermal fields is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. We end the day at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a place where you move between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Stay 2 nights in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. (210 km/130 mi)

Fosshotel Raudara

Day 5 REYKJAVIK ACTIVE - BLUE LAGOON (B, D)

Thursday or Saturday
Morning free at leisure. Explore Iceland's capital on your own, visit a local spa or go shopping the Viking style. In the afternoon we take you on an active journey through Reykjavik. First we take you on a refreshing walk along one of the city's black beaches and if you dare, you might want to dip your toes into the ice cold water. Next we tour a local chocolate factory and then we visit an Icelandic hot dog stand.

In the evening we get to soak in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon, before having an Icelandic fish dinner in a small fishing village, followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight we reach Reykjavík for one last night. (200 km/124 mi)

Fosshotel Raudara

Day 6 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Friday or Sunday
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport. (50 km/31 mi)

DAILY DRIVING: Total mileage without airport transfer is about 810 km (502 miles) which is an average of 202 km (126 miles) per day. You spend about 3 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

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